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Caring for Someone Coming Out of Hospital
It can be a very worrying time if you are thinking about caring for someone who is coming out of hospital and who can no longer care for themselves in the same way as before. Here is some information you may find helpful when dealing with this situation.
Getting Products that Help Make Someone's Life Easier
This contains information about products that could make someone's life easier, and how to go about getting them.
How to improve your mental wellbeing
This booklet explains what keeps people mentally well, why some people may be more prone to mental distress and what you can do to promote your mental wellbeing. It also suggests how you can care for someone who has mental health problems, while also looking after your own needs.
Registering with a GP
Everyone living in the UK has a right to register with a GP. This right is based on residency and not nationality or payment of taxes. You can choose your GP, providing their list is not full and they agree to accept you.
Specialist NHS treatment and hospital services
If your condition requires the opinion of an expert, you will be referred to a consultant in a specialist field of medicine. The appointment is usually at the local hospital. However in some parts of the country, consultants hold outpatient clinics at the local GP practice or health centre.
Services to complement GP services
NHS Direct and NHS Direct Online NHS Direct – 0845 46 47 - is a confidential national 24-hour telephone advice and health information service staffed by nurses and professional advisers.
Other NHS primary care services
Your GP is able to refer you to health professionals with expertise to treat specific aspects of certain conditions. They may visit you at home or hold clinics at your own or another local practice or community health centre. In those instances where specialist equipment is required, it may be necessary to visit them at the local hospital.
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
SIA believes there are approximately 40,000 people in the United Kingdom with spinal cord injury. The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the national organization for spinal cord injured people and their families.
Spinal Cord Injury – Early days
This leaflet explains what happens in the first few weeks after spinal cord injury.
Post Natal Depression
Post-natal depression is a distressing condition experienced by at least one in ten women after they have a baby. This booklet is for women with post-natal depression and their friends and family.
Post Traumatic Stress
A traumatic incident can be anything that is out of the ordinary range of daily events and is deeply distressing to someone. It is important to understand that the reactions you are experiencing are very common following trauma, they are not a sign of “weakness” or “cracking up”. This booklet is written by psychologists and aims to help you understand these reactions and offers some practical suggestions to help you cope.
What is autism?
Although it was first identified in 1943, autism is still a relatively unknown disability. Yet autistic spectrum disorders are estimated to touch the lives of over 500,000 families throughout the UK.
Asperger syndrome: what it means to us
Asperger syndrome is a disability that is part of the autistic spectrum. It is a diagnosis given to people who are often considered to be at the ‘higher’ end of the spectrum. In this leaflet it has described how Asperger syndrome affects us day to day, and what has helped us.
Help with health costs for older people
Most NHS treatment is free, although there can be charges for some things. This document sets out information about who does not have to pay charges and also tells you about the help you might get with the cost of some items if you are on a low income.
Continuing NHS health care services,
Continuing care - is a general term. It describes care provided over an extended period of time to meet physical and mental health needs that have arisen as a result of disability, an accident or illness. The care may be provided in a range of settings by the NHS and/or social services to those aged 18 or over. Continuing NHS health care is a package of care arranged and funded solely by the NHS.
Ectopic Pregnancy
Ectopic Pregnancy is a common, life–threatening condition affecting one in 100 pregnancies. It occurs when the fertilised egg implants outside the cavity of the womb. As the pregnancy grows it causes pain and bleeding. This document explains the causes, outcomes and symptoms of the ectopic pregnancy and how to manage it.
Special NHS Services for older people
Health promotion and prevention of ill health are important aspects of healthcare. A number of initiatives have been launched to help and support older people to continue to live healthy, independent lives.
NHS health care: Resolving disagreements
if you are not considered to meet the eligibility criteria for continuing NHS care or disagree with the band of nursing care you have been assessed as needing; this fact sheet illustrate the procedure and different stages of resolving disagreements.
An Introduction to Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are diseases that can be transmitted through body contact during sex. They are caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites. What they all have in common is that they can be spread by sexual contact.
Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia and Syphilis Symptoms, treatment and facts
In this booklet find out more about Signs and symptoms, how they passed on, where to go for help, diagnosis and treatment.
This booklet explain on: what is HIV &AIDS, how does a person become infected with HIV, what is an HIV test and more.
AIDS is a global pandemic. People living with HIV and AIDS are, to varying degrees, stigmatised throughout the world.
Preparing for a Community Care
This factsheet contains some notes that will help to prepare people with a learning disability and their carers when they are going to have a community care assessment.
Learning disability
This factsheet is an introduction to learning disability. Learning disability is one of the most common forms of disability in the UK.
Community Care - an overview
This factsheet gives information on community care, assessments, care plans and reviews.
Health Awareness
Health awareness means being aware of how your body looks and feels and what is normal for you and to notice any changes. This fact sheet is a guide to some signs and symptoms to look out for.